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RETREAT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retreat mean? 

RETREAT (noun)
  The noun RETREAT has 6 senses:

1. (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat
2. a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
3. (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
4. (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
5. an area where you can be alone
6. withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

  Familiarity information: RETREAT used as a noun is common.


RETREAT (verb)
  The verb RETREAT has 4 senses:

1. pull back or move away or backward
2. move away, as for privacy
3. move back
4. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

  Familiarity information: RETREAT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETREAT (noun)


Sense 1retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the disorderly retreat of French troops

Hypernyms ("retreat" is a kind of...):

withdrawal (the act of withdrawing)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retreat"):

disengagement; fallback; pullout (to break off a military action with an enemy)


Sense 2retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("retreat" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retreat"):

sanctum; sanctum sanctorum (a place of inviolable privacy)

pleasance (a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion)

nest (a cosy or secluded retreat)

nook (a sheltered and secluded place)

ashram (a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram)

ashram ((India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus)

Instance hyponyms:

Camp David (retreat northwest of Washington used by the president of the United States)


Sense 3retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("retreat" is a kind of...):

sign; signal; signaling (any communication that encodes a message)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 4retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("retreat" is a kind of...):

bugle call (a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 5retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area where you can be alone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

hideaway; retreat

Hypernyms ("retreat" is a kind of...):

area (a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function)


Sense 6retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

retirement; retreat

Context example:

the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity

Hypernyms ("retreat" is a kind of...):

withdrawal (the act of withdrawing)


RETREAT (verb)


Sense 1retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pull back or move away or backward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

withdraw; retreat; recede; pull back; pull away; move back; draw back; retire

Context examples:

The enemy withdrew / The limo pulled away from the curb

Hypernyms (to "retreat" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "retreat"):

fall back; recede; retire (move back and away from)

back down; back off; back up (move backwards from a certain position)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move away, as for privacy

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer

Hypernyms (to "retreat" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "retreat"):

cocoon (retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move back

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

retreat; retrograde

Context example:

The glacier retrogrades

Hypernyms (to "retreat" is one way to...):

fall back; recede; retire (move back and away from)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4retreat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

pull in one's horns; crawfish out; crawfish; back away; back out; retreat; pull back; withdraw

Context examples:

We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him / He backed out of his earlier promise / The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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